Luther College to celebrate Commencement May 19 indoors

Luther College will celebrate Commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Regents Center Main Gym. Five hundred seventy members of the Luther class of 2013 will receive the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Tickets are required for those attending the ceremony.

Guests without tickets will find closed-circuit television viewing in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, Helen Farwell Lounge in Farwell Hall, and Marty's CyberCafé in Dahl Centennial Union. The 2013 Commencement speaker is Arne Sorenson, Luther class of 1980, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International Inc.

Luther Commencement weekend events begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, with a farewell to President Richard and Mrs. Judith Torgerson. A reception will follow in Bentdahl Commons.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Saturday events include the Nurse Pinning Ceremony for nursing majors of the class of 2013, held in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall at 9:30 a.m.; the Social Work Program Celebration from 10 a.m.-noon in the Farwell Hall Lounge; and the Senior Athlete Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Luther will host an all-college picnic on the Preus Library Lawn from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees should bring a blanket to sit on and dress comfortably. Rain location is the Dahl Centennial Union Dining Hall. Cost for the picnic is $8 per person.

The Saturday Music Showcase, at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, will commemorate 14 years of leadership from President and Mrs. Torgerson. The program will include an Oratorio performance of Mass in C major, KV 317 by Mozart and "Belshazzar's Feast" by William Walton, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, conductor of Symphony Orchestra; Allen Hightower, conductor of Nordic Choir; and Andrew Last, conductor of Collegiate Chorale.

An art exhibition reception will take place in the Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts from 4-5 p.m.

Baccalaureate is at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. Guests are to be seated by 7:45 p.m. Baccalaureate is a time for seniors and their families to gather with the Luther community to celebrate and give thanks for the students' years at Luther. Audio recordings of the service are available upon request from the Office of College Ministries ( A freewill offering will be taken and designated to local and global charities in honor of the senior class.

The Commencement ceremony is Sunday at 10 a.m. in Carlson Stadium. Guests with tickets should be seated by 9:45 a.m.

Rain location is the Regents Center. For weather related announcements call (563) 387-1732 after 7 a.m. Sunday, May 19, or check the Luther College Facebook page, the Luther website ( or the Luther College Twitter feed. 

A Commencement brunch will be held following the ceremony from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Dahl Centennial Union Dining Hall. No reservations are required. Cost is $8 per person.

For the full schedule, including updates and more detailed information, view the Luther College Commencement website:

Arne Sorenson
Sorenson serves as chairman of Marriott's Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, which complements the efforts of the Marriott Board of Directors' Committee for Excellence, on which Sorenson also serves, to monitor and evaluate the progress of their company's strategy to promote an increasingly diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities around the world.

Sorenson also co-founded Marriott's Global Sustainability Council in 2007 and launched Marriott's rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil in 2008.

He was elected to Marriott International's board of directors in 2011 and also serves on the boards of directors of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the Corporation for Travel Promotion and Luther College.

Link to a high definition photo from Commencement 2012:[email protected]/7262598198/

On May 19, the Luther Class of 2013 will graduate.